A Californian mother is finally able to hold her baby after finding that one of the two twins she carried while being surrogate for a Chinese couple was her biological son. However, she had to first go on a trial to legally make Max her son.

The mother Jessica Allen, 31, already had two other children with her partner Wardell Jasper, 34, before she decided she wanted to be a surrogate mom for a Chinese couple who came to America because this kind of pregnancies is not legal in their country.

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Jessica Allen with her family, including the baby, conceived while she was a surrogate. Image credit: MEGA

In April 2016, nearly a year after she gave birth to her second child, both Allen and the Chinese couple agreed that she was going to carry the In Vitro Fertilization.

When the doctor informed Allen that she was pregnant, the Chinese couple started sending her the payment of $30,000. Of course, she had to follow some rules, and one of them was not having sexual relationships without using protection.

A few months later, Allen went back to the doctor and received something that would be good news for both the mother and the Chinese couple.

The doctor informed Allen that she was carrying twins in her belly. This meant, of course, an increase of $5,000 in her payment, which was great for her because she was saving money to buy a new house.

On December 12, the day of the birth, Allen was not able to saw the kids because they were rapidly sent out of the maternity facility. She said that she “didn’t even get a look at the babies” when they were taken from her because “it was done behind an opaque screen.”

The couples realized that something was ‘different’

Although it was not easy to communicate, the Chinese couple contacted Allen through WeChat and sent her a photo of the twins. They asked her: ”They are not the same, right?” followed by, “Have you thought about why they are different?’”

Then, the mother realized that one of them was not even Chinese.

Allen said that one of the boys had both Caucasian and African-American features  which was particular, especially since Allen is Caucasian and Jasper is African-American.

When Allen realized the resemblance she and her partner had with one of the children that she gave birth to, she asked the couple to run a DNA test and verify if he was indeed her son. In the end, what they expected occurred.

The agency informed Allen that the Chinese couple didn’t want the baby, just $18,000 to $22,000 in compensation. It also told the mother that soon-to-be-called Max was going to be given to another family or adoption if she didn’t want him.

However, Allen was completely sure she wanted her baby. And after passing through the due legal process, Allen received Max on February 2017.

Superfetation, something scarce in surrogacy

Doctors explained that this rare process is known as “superfetation,” although they can’t tell how this was possible to happen to Allen.

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Another superfetation case: Harriet (left) and Thomas (right) were conceived three weeks apart. Image credit: Daily Mail

Superfetation is “an extremely rare situation in which a pregnant woman becomes pregnant a second time with another (younger) fetus. Superfetation is characterized by the fertilization and the implantation of a second oocyte in a uterus already containing the product of a previous conception,” – explains Medicinenet.com

Like “twinning” or “multiple gestations,” superfetation also involves an additional fetus during the development of the pregnancy. What is strange is that in all these processes, mothers often give their second babies birth later than the first ones. However, Allen’s twins were born the same day.

Today, Allen and Jasper are happily enjoying their three children in their California home.

Source: Daily Mail